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Best alternator upgrade for series III

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Hi all,

Sorry, new to this site, I hope I've placed this in the right place, apologies if not.

I've got a 2.25 petrol series III and at the moment my alternator isn't powerful enough to power my modern stereo. I was wondering if anyone could point me towards an alternator (and where I could buy it from) that would generate power to charge the battery.

Thanks in advance guys n gals.

Chrissy

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Ford Granada Alternators,mid to late 80's should do the job. When i first bought my 88,the alternator went within the first couple of days so sought out a better replacement and ended up with a 55amp jobbie off of a(i think)2.8 granada but depanding on your wallet there are bigger alternatives using the same casing. Mine is still going strong,when i fitted the V8 i just turned the casing round 90 degrees and fitted it the other side of the engine.

Hope this helps,i may be able to get you some part numbers if you want?

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That would be a great help bud! You think a 55amp alternator would be powerful enough to charge the battery with stereo playing? What other alternatives are there if I want a higher ampage anyway?

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Must be a really big stereo :huh:

As has been said, Mondeo/Granada/anything else that looks like it would bolt in place really, the more amps the better although you should replace your charging wire with a fatter one if you're going much higher than standard.

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Thanks for the input guys :) its not a massive stereo, it just seems to drain a lot of juice. What age Mondeo or granada alternator would be the best fit? And how difficult is it to change the charging cable to a fatter one? I'm fairly technically minded but this is my first landy. Worth getting a garage to fit it for me?

cheers

Chrissy

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Most autofactors do ready made leads with ring ends for use as earth straps and suchlike, one of those in a nice thick size between the alternator and starter motor would do just fine.

I would take a photo of your alternator, and head to the scrappys and have a look around to see what you can find.

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What Aragorn said - get one that looks a bit like your current one, has the same orientation of mounting lugs and has a V-belt pulley (you can sometimes change pulleys but it's not always easy or straightforward). Beyond that, look out for current ratings written on them or pick one from something with lots of electrical kit.

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Thanks guys :)

I've just found it isn't the stereo thats draining my battery, its that somewhere in my electrics there is a leak causing the battery to drain when I'm not using it :)

Thanks for all the help though guys.

Chrissy

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Could be a dead diode in the alternator regulator pack, the pack can be bought separately for some types. Mind you, it's an ideal excuse to upgrade to a better alternator anyway :P

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A127 series are a better altermator than the ACR. A127-45 or A127-55 are a direct replacements(Sherpa 2.5) but you will need it complete with fan and pulley.

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